LINGUIST List 29.3720

Thu Sep 27 2018

Jobs: Language Acquisition; Syntax: Asst/Assoc Professor, The University of Iowa

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Date: 25-Sep-2018
From: Merry Powell <>
Subject: Language Acquisition; Syntax: Asst/Assoc Professor, The University of Iowa, USA
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University or Organization: The University of Iowa
Department: Department of Linguistics
Job Location: Iowa, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Asst/Assoc Professor in the Acquisition of Syntax

Job Rank: Asst/Assoc Professor

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Syntax


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Iowa seeks to hire an experimentally focused linguist whose research examines the acquisition and/or learning of syntax, or that of the interfaces of syntax with other domains (semantics, prosody, etc.). The ideal candidate will have primary expertise in the fields of syntax and language acquisition (first, second, third, or multiple) or learning (e.g., adaptation, plasticity), with a strong record of experimental research in these areas. The appointment will be a tenure-track or tenured position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, effective Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Required qualifications:
- PhD in Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, or Communication Sciences and Disorders, in hand by August 2019
- Expertise in contemporary formal syntax, including the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in theoretical syntax and general linguistics, as well as graduate courses in the candidate's area of specialization
- A record of innovative research using experimental methodologies and quantitative analysis to investigate issues in language acquisition and learning

Desirable qualifications:
- Research at the interface of syntax and one or more other areas (including, but not limited to, semantics, pragmatics, prosody)
- Expertise in a language that is represented in the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Iowa
- Quantitative expertise such as statistics, computational linguistics, or other approaches.

We particularly encourage candidates with a collaborative approach who envision themselves working with theoreticians and experimentalists in a variety of fields, and who can situate their study of acquisition and learning in the broader study of cognition and/or other scientific fields. There are many opportunities to contribute to programs committed to cross-disciplinary inquiry and to develop ties to language scientists in DWLLC, as well as Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Communication Sciences & Disorders. Interdisciplinary groups such as the DeLTA Center (Development, Learning, Theory and Application) and the Cognitive Science of Language Certificate program will also facilitate such interactions.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to play an important role in the Department of Linguistics by helping to shape its cross-disciplinary language sciences initiative in the area of acquisition and learning, and will figure prominently in the graduate certificate program in the Cognitive Science of Language.

To apply, please visit the application link below and reference Requisition #73462. The application materials must include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three sample publications, and three letters of recommendation. Screening begins November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary videoconference interviews will be conducted in mid-December.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Merry Powell
Phone: 319-335-3402
Fax: 319-335-2990

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